Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners

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Poets and editors CAConrad, Robert Dewhurst, and Joshua Beckman talk both about groundbreaking, boldly gay poet/activist, John Wieners, and about the process of compiling and honoring such a prolific poet with the selected works book, Supplications: Selected Poems of John Wieners. They reveal that they chose to call the book Supplications because the chosen poems had something of a pleading quality to them. They also talk about a more difficult issue they encountered in the selection process – choosing the version of the poems they wanted to include. Wieners was known for trying to "get new music out of old language" by keeping his poems fluid.

Photo: Robert Dewhurst (L) and CAConrad